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October 16, 2014

Kentucky and the Common Core: Interview With Terry Holliday and Felicia Smith

Terry Holliday and Felicia Smith on how Kentucky became the first state to adopt the Common Core, implementation progress so far and their advice for other states and the federal government.

October 02, 2014

Common Core: The Real Issues

The Common Core is much more likely to be declared a failure because of poor implementation than because of political attacks from either side of the spectrum.

September 04, 2014

For the Common Core, A Different Sort of Benchmark

The Concord Review, a journal of high school student history essays, makes a powerful argument for using student work in explaining academic standards.

April 28, 2014

The Federal Role in State Education Accountability Systems

How to balance the federal government's interest in making sure that federal education funds are well spent with the states' interest in retaining their constitutional right to enact their own education policies.

April 07, 2014

Designing a State Accountability Program: Part I

Marc Tucker lays out his vision for an effective state accountability program including strategies to address low-performing schools.

February 21, 2014

NCLB, California and Accountability in All Its Guises

Marc Tucker explains that there is no evidence that test-based accountability, for schools or for teachers, actually improves student achievement.

February 07, 2014

What Now? Federal Education Policy Adrift

How the federal education agenda with an emphasis on on charters, federally imposing the Common Core initiative, teacher evaluation, and test based accountability is seeking solutions in all the wrong places and pushing policies that are not backed by evidence.

January 17, 2014

On Writing

Marc Tucker explains why US students have such poor writing skills and what we can do to change that.

December 13, 2013

PISA On the Teacher as Professional

Marc Tucker explains how fundamental changes in the way schools are managed could both attract better teachers and enable them to do their best work.

December 05, 2013

The Meaning of PISA

Marc Tucker explains how the results of the latest PISA assessment ought to inform America's education policy reform agenda: we should be basing it on the strategies employed by the top performing education systems in the world.

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